Ben Stiller plays “Three Identical Strangers” in a limited series

One brother died when he was almost 25 years younger than Stiller is now.

In a casting that raises several questions, Ben Stiller is in final negotiations for “Three Strangers,” a limited series adaptation of the acclaimed documentary. Species.

The 2018 film, directed by Tim Wardle and winner of the US Documentary Jury Special Prize for Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of Bobby Shafran, David Kellman and Eddy Galland – three identical triplets who meet by chance as adults. and the revelation of the undisclosed scientific experiment that separated them by birth. After its release, “Three Strangers” received positive reviews and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Stiller will play all three brothers as adults. What makes his role unusual is that Galland committed suicide in 1995 at the age of 34. Stiller is now 57, nearly 25 years older than when Galland died. The documentary also focuses on the lives of the three brothers as young men after they became minor media celebrities following their reunion in their 20s. It’s unclear if Stiller will play the three men during their college years, where the documentary’s story begins, and if it will be a digital de-aging role.

The limited series adaptation comes from Amy Lippman, best known as the creator of “Party of Five” and her work on “Masters of Sex,” “In Treatment” and “LA Law.” He will showrun and executive produce the series with Stiller through Red Hour Films. Additional executive producers include Wardle, Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti, Charlie Corwin, Marcy Ross, Piers Vellacott, Dimitri Doganis and Emmeline Yang Hankins. Sony Pictures Television is co-produced by SK Global and TriStar Television.

Although Stiller hasn’t appeared much on TV outside of his short-lived Emmy Award-winning sketch series “The Ben Stiller Show” in 1993, the actor has worked as a producer and director on television. Most recently, he created and directed episodes of Apple TV+’s “Severance” and Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora,” earning Emmy nominations for his work. Stiller’s recent acting credits include Hubie Halloween and Bros, the 2021 rom-com Locked Down, 2017’s The Meyerowitz Stories and 2016’s Zoolander 2.

Stiller is repped by UTA, ID and Gang Tire. Lippman is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

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